Certain parts of speech are integral. Nouns and verbs are needed to make a complete sentence. With a firm understanding of these parts of speech, we can move into the world of adjectives
What is an Adjective?
An Adjective adds a description to the noun (adjective means added to). An adjective can describe a person, animal, place, thing or tell the number or quantity of the noun. An adjective can be a single word (like exciting, amusing) or a compound (hard-working, self-centered) that actually modifies the noun.
In the sentence: “My Grandparents have a beautiful and ancient home in Assam”; the adjectives beautiful and ancient are describing the noun, home.
Are Adjectives only of quality and quantity or are there more kinds too? Did you know that in the sentence, “My Grandparents have a beautiful and ancient home in Assam”, My is an adjective too!? Now that we understand what Adjectives are, let’s get into the kinds of Adjectives that adds meaning to the massive world of nouns and pronouns:
Kinds of Adjectives:
One of the commonly used and known kinds of Adjectives, Descriptive Adjectives show the quality or kind of the noun. Think of Descriptive Adjectives as words that answer the question- Of which kind? For example,
Some more examples of descriptive Adjectives are: Precious, adorable, ugly, silly, greedy, kind, jubilant, sly, practical, questionable, quirky, mellow, mediocre.
Quantitative Adjectives/ Adjective of Number
This kind of Adjective is used to show how much of the noun is meant. These adjectives simple answer the question- How much? For example,
More quantitative adjectives example are: Each, every, either, neither, some, no, enough any, all, many, few, certain, several, one, two, three (any cardinal number), first, second, third (any ordinal number). If you notice, these quantitative adjectives can be further divided into-
Although commonly used, these are the lesser known adjectives. Possessive Adjectives show possession or ownership over the noun. In this case, a pronoun is describing or modifying the noun. That makes the pronoun an adjective. Let’s see a few examples to see what we mean:
These possessive adjectives can’t be used without a noun. You can say, “That’s my cycle.” But you can’t say, “That’s my.” The possessive adjective my shows the ownership of the noun cycle. So, a Possessive Adjective answers the question of Whose? Some more examples of Possessive Adjectives: my, our, their, his, her, your, mine, ours, theirs, yours, hers, his.
As the name suggests, demonstrative adjectives demonstrate the noun. They simply answer the question: Which? Let’s see some examples because what explains better:
More examples of Demonstrative Adjectives: This, that (for singular nouns), these, those (for plural nouns), such.
Here’s a quick exercise: “Whose book is this?” What do you think is the adjective in that sentence? The answer lies in the concept of Interrogative Adjectives. Let’s explain: The words that ask a question about the noun are called Interrogative Adjectives. These questions could be asking a general or comparative question. For example,
In the above examples, notice how the words which, whose and what ask something about the noun. Please note that which is asked in a position of choice or selection, while what is used in a more general manner.
It is also notable that not all the times these words are modifying or giving meaning to a noun/pronoun. For example, in the sentence “What are you doing?”, What is neither giving meaning nor modifying the pronoun, you. In this case, What is actually an interrogative pronoun but don’t bother about understanding that now. We got it covered for you in the chapter of Pronouns.
Another usage of words like what is also done for exclamation. Like, “What a ship!” In this, What is used as an exclamation, meaning it is used to convey an emotion of excitement for the noun. That emotion in itself is giving meaning to the noun. For example, in the aforementioned sentence, “What a ship!”, the word what shows amusement.
If we had to put it in another way, we could have used “The ship is amazing.” The same emotion is being depicted in the exclamation, “What a ship!”. Now that we have understood the Kinds of Adjectives that give life to our sentences, next up we will go on to understand the formation of Adjectives.
Solved Question for You
Q: Choose the correct adjective formed from the noun: Stick
Ans: STICK – ‘Stick’ is a noun which means ‘a thin piece of wood or other material’. For example, ‘She had a wooden stick at her home.’ ‘Stick’ is also a verb, which means ‘push into/paste’ For example, ‘He stuck the needle into his fingers’.
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